Red Deer RCMP warn of bank scammers targeting seniors

Three seniors were bilked out of thousands each by scammers posing as bank investigators. Red Deer RCMP said on Tuesday they have received three reports of seniors victimized by someone phoning them posing as a “bank investigator.”

Three seniors were bilked out of thousands each by scammers posing as bank investigators.

Red Deer RCMP said on Tuesday they have received three reports of seniors victimized by someone phoning them posing as a “bank investigator.”

In each case, the victims were told the bank was investigating internal theft. The scammer asked targets to withdraw money from their account and bring it to a meeting place away from the bank. All three victims were defrauded of several thousands dollars each in the scam, which is common across the country.

Police remind the public banks would never approach clients in this way. Families are urged to protect themselves by learning how to recognize fraud. People can also help vulnerable family members by telling them about common frauds, or encouraging them to lower daily withdrawal limits. Anyone with information on this scam is asked to call Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at tipsubmit.com.

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